One of the most exciting features of the Nintendo Switch is the fact that it's now region free, a welcome progression for a Nintendo home console. While it's a much-lauded feature, like most publishers Nintendo won't be publishing any tutorials on how to do this any time soon, so we here at Nintendo Life have decided to help you out. After all, there are quite a few Japan-exclusive launch titles for the time being. So if you'd like to join us in downloading Dragon Quest Heroes I & II, we humbly present the following guide to get you started.

  • In your browser of choice, head over to accounts.nintendo.com and choose to sign up for a new account. then enter your date of birth on the following screen.
  • Next, you'll fill out your details like Nickname, Email address and password. Two key points here - first off, you need to use a different email address from your 'main' Nintendo account. This second account needs to be unique, so you'll need to ensure you not only have a second email address, but also easy access to it. Secondly, and this is the most important part - under country of residence, make sure you select Japan. This setting determines your eShop region.
  • After that, you'll receive an email from Nintendo (to the relevant email address) containing a four-digit code. Enter the code you received on the page and click verify. If you entered the code correctly, congratulations! You've just created a Japanese Nintendo Account.
  • From here on you'll need your Switch. First, click the gear icon on the bottom of the home screen to go to settings. Once you're there you need to select Users, then click "Add User."
  • You'll be taken through selecting a user icon and entering a name before finally adding the user to your system. Once that's done you'll be presented with the option to link your newly created user to a Nintendo Account. The screen will look like this:
  • After you click Sign In and Link, enter your Japanese Nintendo Account credentials you created earlier. Once you've done this, you're ready to start perusing the Japanese eShop! When you click the eShop icon, you'll be asked who is using the eShop. If you want to view your local eShop, use that original account, if you want to see Japan's offerings, choose your new account instead.

That's about it. So, will you be doing any digital importing on your shiny new Nintendo Switch once it arrives? If so, which games do you plan on downloading? If not, why not? Let's talk about it. Let us know in the comments below, and happy importing!